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Historic aged care wage case to be handed down

Health Services Union < 1 mins read

EMBARGO: 15 March 2024

The long running HSU work value case for aged care workers will be concluded on Friday afternoon, when workers learn if they have achieved an across-the-board 25 per cent wage rise.

Media are invited to attend the HSU office in Sydney from 2pm to capture reaction from workers and officials, followed by a doorstop.

The case was lodged by the Health Services Union in the Fair Work Commission in November 2020. At the end of 2022,  the Fair Work Commission awarded an interim 15 per cent pay rise to direct care employees.

Since then the HSU has continued to push for a full and comprehensive pay rise for the entire sector.

“Aged care workers are the under valued, under-appreciated lifeblood of the care economy. The women of this sector have been overlooked for too long,” said Gerard Hayes, HSU National President.

“Aged care workers perform physically and emotionally demanding work with our community’s most vulnerable members. All they have asked for is a proper wage that recognises their skills and dedication.

“Enough is enough. Our work value case has been absolutely pivotal to lifting wages and today we hope to see life changing news for these incredible workers.”

WHO: Aged care workers and HSU official reaction and comment as the historic aged care work value case is handed down
WHERE: HSU head office, Lvl 2, 109 Pitt Street
WHEN: From 1345, Friday, 15 March (doorstop approximately 1430)

COMMENT: Gerard Hayes 0417 275 821 Further info: Nick Lucchinelli 0422 229 032

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